Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Doctor Clayton & His Buddy - Pearl Harbour Blues

Doctor Clayton was an American blues singer and songwriter who performed barefoot, wearing comically large, round glasses.
Peter Joe Clayton was born in Georgia on April 19, 1898 (although he later claimed he had been born in Africa), and moved to St. Louis as a child with his family.  He had four children of his own and worked in a factory in St. Louis, while starting his career as a singer.  He could also play piano and ukelele, although he never did so on record.
Doctor Clayton recorded six sides for Bluebird Records in 1935, but only two of those were ever issued.  His family all died in a house fire in 1937, after which Clayton became an alcoholic and began wearing oversized hats and glasses.  Moving to Chicago with Robert Lockwood, Jr., he received attention from Decca Records, but ultimately returned to Bluebird, recording with them again in 1941-42.  He also recorded for Okeh Records at this time.
Among the songs Clayton wrote were "Cheating And Lying Blues," frequently covered by other blues artists, "Pearl Harbor Blues," written after the Pearl Harbor bombing of 1941, and "Moonshine Woman Blues," which became a chart hit for B.B. King as "The Woman I Love" in 1968.  In 1946, he recorded the tunes "Hold That Train Conductor" and "I Need My Baby," which were also both covered by King.  Most of his later recordings featured Blind John Davis on piano.  He was a regional sales success and played regularly in Chicago nightclubs with Lockwood and Sunnyland Slim.
Doctor Clayton died of tuberculosis on January 7, 1947, shortly after his second recording session.  Big Bill Broonzy and Tampa Red attended his funeral.
Sunnyland Slim is Doctor Claytons Buddy on side 2. These are his first sessions recorded in Chicago and they feature a very irritating whooping/howlering (imo) on almost every track.


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Frits's Tapes Nummer 63 & 64

Tape 63:

Tape 64:

Ike Turner & The Kings Of Rhythm - Hey Hey

- Hey Hey - Icky Renrut
- Why Should I
- Jack Rabbit
- Ho Ho - Icky Renrut
- In Your Eyes Baby - Jimmy Thomas
- Star Above - Bobby Foster
- Prancin - Icky Renrut
- Angel Of Love - Bobby Foster
- I Do Love You - Bobby Foster
- Hey Hey - Icky Renrut
- Youre The Only One - Bobby Foster
- Look At That Chick - Johnny Wright
- Gotta Have You For Myself - Johnny Wright
- Shirley Cant You See - Little Bobby Foster
- I Woke Up One Moring - Little Bobby Foster
- I Dont Want To Lose Your Love - Sammy Grimes
- Bag Pipe Special - Sammy Grmes
- Moving Slow - Little Cooper & Drifters
- Evening Train - Little Cooper & Drifters
- East St Louis Rock - Timothy Cooper
- Dear Lovin Man - Timothy Cooper
- Leaving Kansas City - Timothy Cooper
Thanks go again to Stefan Wirz for the track listing and HM for the rip.


Lightnin' Slim - Rooster Blues (mono)

When people talk about Louisiana swamp blues, this is what they're talking about. Excello Records' first foray into albums came with this wonderful collection of singles by Lightnin' Slim largely issued around the success of the title track, an R&B hit in 1960. "Long Leanie Mama," "My Starter Won't Work," "It's Mighty Crazy," "Hoo-Doo Blues," "Tom Cat Blues," "Lightnin' Troubles," "G.I. Slim" and "Feelin' Awful Blues" are all certified swamp blues classics and about as lowdown as the genre can get possibly get. With Lazy Lester on harmonica for the majority of the tracks here, the stripped-down approach to Slim's brand of blues casts these sides in a decidedly front-porch ambience with the added pulsating tape echo and oddball percussive effects just making everything on here sound even more doom-laden. "Lightnin's Blues," the John Lee Hooker-inspired "Just Made Twenty One" and "Sugar Plum." (Allmusic)
Ripped from the original mono LP.


Screamin' Jay Hawkins - Screamin' The Blues

This is a great collection of Screamin' Jay Hawkins blues renditions. Though "I Put A Spell On You" is absent from the track list, this compact disc has a variety of Hawkins blues essentials. One of the best songs on the album is a rare Paul McCartney cover - "Monkberry Moon Delight" - which was featured on McCartney's second solo album "Ram". It's a rousing and supremely entertaining rendition. I strongly recommend this album to blues fans all over, as Screamin' Jay Hawkins pours out his heart and soul into his over-the-top vocals. (Amazon review)
Tracks recorded between 1953-1970.

Track 3 of side 1 is 192kbps (replacement track) due to misuse of the record player many years ago. The rest of the LP is 320kbps.

Various - More Memphis Blues Blues Anthology Vol. 2

The Memphis Blues Again Vol. 2
Bukka White
- Fried Chicken
Willie Morris, g, voc & Dewey Corley, b
- New Stop And Listen Blues
Willie Morris
- My Good Woman Has Quit Me
Hacksaw Harney & Dewey Corley, b
- Hacksaw's Down South Blues
- Can Can

Walter Miller, voc & Willie Morris, g and Mose Vinson, p
- I Don't Care What You Do
Memphis Piano Red John Williams
- Me And My Pal
Sleepy John Estes & Tom Gary, harm
- Drop Down Mama
Van Hunt & Mose Vinson, p
- Jelly Selling Woman
Van Hunt & Mose Vinson, p and Dewey Corley, b
- Lonesome Road Blues

Yep, track list taken from Stefan's excellent site:


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Visitors requests....maybe you can help out

From now on I'll be using this post for your requests that I'll copy from the Chatbox. I'll do my best to keep it up te date.You may also leave requests, comments  and replies in the usual way and after moderation they will appear. As this posting will drop down the list with every new posting I will update it once a week to insure that it stays visible and near the top. Comments will be deleted regulary to keep them up to date.
Please do not request new or easy to find CD's as they will not be posted here. There are other excellent blogs that can help you out with your request.
That all been said we will have to start from scratch with the requests.

02-06-2014 Marineband:  Big Joe Turner 'Boss Man Of The Blues' LP with Rod Piazza.
08-06-2014 Clare Quilty: Allen Bunn – Baby I'm Gonna Throw You Out & Billy Boy Arnold - Hello Stranger
12-06-2014 Gerard Herzhaft/Blue Eye: I'm looking for a .mp3 copy of only one song by Calvin Leavy:Give me your loving loving loving (originally on a Soul Beat 45 116).
Also, I have a copy that was sent to me of a Calvin Leavy number "One minute before midnight" that no discography includes. Is it another title for "It's a miracle" (I feel that but...)
13-06-2014 Owlface: Victoria Spivey and her Blues - Spivey Records LP-1002
18-06-2014: MarcD: Jody Williams - Time for a change / Lonely without you (Yulando 8665) Needed for research
07-07-2014: Steve626: Ronnie Hawkins - Rrrracket Time, with James Cotton
24-07-2104 Anonymous: Guitar Shorty "On The Rampage" Olive Branch Blues LP - this is Guitar Shorty/David Kearney
04-08-2104 HM: Earl Hooker Put Your Shoes On Willie. Checker 45 B side to Tanya
10-8-2014 Bob Mac: Alfred Bolden: His Last and Greatest (King KS-G3-1106)
13-08-2014 Anonymous: George & Ethel McCoy: Early In The Morning - Adelphi AD 1004
18-08-2014 Gerard Herzhaft:
Elmon Mickle & Ernie Pruitt Whatever You're Doing, Keep On Doing It/ Short 'n' Fat (E. M. and E. P. Records 133)Good Morning Little School girl(Wonder 15001) Any kind of .mp3 would fit!
20-08-2014 Rob F: Va - Those old happy days: 1960s blues from the Gulf (Flyright FLY 513)

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Various - Memphis Blues (Blues Anthology Vol. 1)

Nathan Beauregard
- Nobody's Business But My Own
- Lonesome To Myself
Sam Clark & Dewey Corley and Richard Harney
- Sunnyland Train Blues
Earl Bell & Marshall "Memphis Sonny Boy" Jones
- Catfish Blues
Mose Vinson & Backwards Sam Firk and Dewey Corley
- You Ain't Too Old
Mose Vinson & Backwards Sam Firk
- Bullfrog Blues
Sweet Charlene Peeples & Mose Vinson
- Tin Pan Alley
- Scood Up Be Doop Day

Furry Lewis
- Natural Born Eastman No. 2
Furry Lewis & Willie Morris and Dewey Corley
- New Turn Your Money Green
Joe Dobbins & Backwards Sam Firk
- Basin Street Blues
- Sweet Patricia
Gus Cannon
- Mule Gallop
Dewey Corley & Willie Morris and Furry Lewis
- Dewey's Walkin' Blues
Dewey Corley & Walter Miller
- Step It Up And Go

rec. in Memphis in October, 1969 and at the Peabody Hotel (Memphis) in June, 1970; prod. by Gene Rosenthal; cover drawing by Dick Bangham
Credit to Stefan Wirz for the discography. Where does he find the time?


Frits's Tapes Number 61 & 62

Tape 61:

Tape 62:

Have fun listening to some more of Frits 45's.

Wilbert Harrison - Soul Food Man

The man who wrote "Kansas City"and "Let's work together" amongst others going downhill on perhaps his worst lp. Any lp with "On top of old smokey" is pushing it. Couple of tracks are reasonable but sound a bit to much like "Let's work..".
Track 3 side 1 has some ticks towards the end. I think the last owner of the lp must have slammed the arm down in pure despair after listening to the first 2 tracks.
Be a masochist and go for it.